MCQST Summer Student Program

Discover the world of Quantum Science and Technology in Munich!

The MCQST Summer Bachelor Program provides undergraduate students worldwide the opportunity to gain an insight into research in Quantum Science and Technology (QST) at MCQST and its participating institutes.

The 2022 program takes place from 31. July to 27. August 2022 and consists of an introductory week featuring a retreat and a mini lecture series, followed by a three-week research project. In addition, cultural and social activities give you a taste of life in Munich. By the end of the program, you will have gained first-hand expert knowledge in quantum science and technology and a familiarity with the Munich research environment.

MCQST focuses on specfic research directions: quantum information theory, quantum simulations, quantum computing, quantum communication, quantum metrology and sensing, quantum matter, and interdiciplinary explorative directions. More detailed information can be found in our Research Units .

Target Group: Bachelor students enrolled in an undergraduate degree in physics, mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, material science, or chemistry.

Program Structure

Program Dates: 31. July - 27. August 2022

Introductory Week

Welcoming Retreat in the Bavarian Alps: 31. July - 3. August
Here you will get familiar with the basic concepts of QST, take part in soft skill trainings, and get to know your peers at a beautiful location in the Bavarian alps.

Once back in Munich, the introductory week concludes with a mini lecture series by our QST experts, laying the foundation for your research project. Laboratory visits at the different sites of MCQST in Munich and Garching will also give you an overview of the research activities at MCQST.


Research Project

In the remaining three weeks you will work on a hands-on project in one of the research groups. A junior researcher (PhD student or postdoc) will serve as your mentor and personal contact, introducing you to your project and supervising it. You will be fully integrated into the research group, allowing you to experience the processes and challenges of cutting-edge research in QST.


Closing Symposium

The program ends with a Closing Symposium, where you will present your work through a 10-minute talk to your peers and the MCQST community.

How to apply

Required Documents

CV
Motivation letter - please use this form [ download ]
Letter of recommendation - please use this form [ download ]
Official academic transcript of records from your home university
Highschool diploma or equivalent

If your reference prefers to send us the letter of recommendation directly rather than handing it to you, please ask them to send it to mcqst-summer[at]lmu-misu.de.

Applications for the 2022 Summer Student Program will open on 1. December 2021 at the following link:


Offers will be sent in April 2022.

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Practical Information

Accomodation

All program participants will stay in centrally-located housing in Munich.

Travel Visa

You are responsible for applying for the appropriate visa/visas. If needed, we can provide you an invitation letter after your acceptance to the program. To find out more about visa requirements, please consult the German Federal Foreign Office . You can apply for financial support for visas. If this is needed, please state this in your application.

Public Transit

Upon arrival, you will receive a ticket for public transport that is valid for the entire duration of your stay. For general information about the public transportation system in Munich, please visit the website of the local public transportation authority.

FAQ

Who is eligible to apply?

The program is open only to Bachelor students (undergraduates)from all aover the globe. Master students are not eligible for the summer program. Bachelor students who are currently in their final year can also apply.

What does the final question in the Letter of Motivation mean by “research group”?

MCQST consists of 7 distinct Research Units. For an overview check the Research Overview page.
These Research Units consist of individual research groups, which can be part of more than just one Research Units. This is due to the interdisciplinary character of MCQST. For example, Monika Aidelsburger leads a research group that is part of the Research Unit B and G.

You can find a list of all research groups within MCQST and their group leaders on our members page.
The list also redirects you to each research group’s website, at their respective institutes.

The final question therefore addresses which research groups you would like to join for your project. Please also briefly motivate your choice. The selected research groups (max. 3) should be from the Research Units that you selected at the top of page 2 under "Research Unit preference".

Do I need to provide an official translation for my high school diploma?

It is not necessary to provide an official translation of your high school diploma. If your high school diploma is in any other language than English, German, Dutch, Danish, French, or Romanian, please translate the high school diploma yourself and upload the translation in one document with your original diploma.

Contact

For any questions or inquires, please contact the program coordinator at summer[at]mcqst.de

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